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The State Bank of Viroqua, Viroqua, Wisconsin, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.
The counterfeit items display the routing number 075910905, which is assigned to The State Bank of Viroqua; however, they are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the upper-left portion of the item and the bank's name in the top-left corner. The counterfeit items also display a telephone number not associated with the bank.
Authentic cashier's checks display a semicircle logo above the bank's name in the top-center portion of the check. Authentic checks also display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the bottom-left portion of the check. The checks do not display a telephone number. The following statement is displayed along the top of authentic checks: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE, WATERMARK AND A THERMOCHROMIC ICON. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY."
A copy of a counterfeit
item and a copy of an authentic cashier's
check (VOID) are attached for your review.
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp.
For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
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Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
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